Another day trip to the same area the Chichester is located in the same week. Stuart suggested that I might enjoy Arundel. The main attraction is the castle. It has been owned by the same family for centuries. In fact, they still live here! Remember the Fitzalans from the Cathedral of Chichester? Yep, they lived here.... The castle was massive. I spent several hours touring it and could have stayed longer!
A view of the castle from a distance.
I had to walk about a mile into town from the city's train station. It was partly along a busy road and motorway, but this is the view I saw looking the other direction.
Crossing the river Arun on my way into town.
The quaint (and hilly!!) town center.
No photos were allowed inside the castle. However, no one stopped me from taking this shot of the courtyard looking out of the cafe inside the castle! I believe that is the private, family section of the castle.
A view of the Dukedom looking out from the Norman tower.
Outside the castle in the gardens. Met a nice couple from
Scotland (who took this photo for me!)
The crypt in the small church on the grounds. Notice underneath the pillars, there is a view of the soldier as skin and bones. If I understood correctly, it was placed there before the death of the soldier in order to remind him of his mortality (?) It is a rare sculpture, though.
I just love the light coming in from a window onto the stone. Appropriately reverend.
Interior of the chapel.
A really cool fountain in the gardens. It is holding up a crown with water!
Here I am in front of the castle.
The Arundel Cathedral seen from the gardens. It was built in the 14th century and became a Catholic cathedral in the late 1800s when it was legal to have Catholic churches again.
Inside the cathedral.
The Church of St. Nicholas. It dates to the 14th century, but actually replaced a Norman church on the site.
Entrance to the church.
Interior of the church, with the 14th century pulpit in the foreground.
Graveyard along the side of the church.
One of the few Norman stones used in the rebuilding of the church. Cooool!